Monday Miscellaneous

Diphenhydramine

Source: Wikimedia

Benadryl can cause hallucinations.

A 24-year-old man presented to the emergency department with acute anticholinergic symptoms, hallucinations, and bizarre behavior following a large ingestion of diphenhydramine (Benadryl).

Weird. I guess Benadryl joins cold medication and Tylenol in the category of “OTC drugs that can do a quite a bit of damage.” Just goes to show that OTC ≠ safe.

A couple of snippets from Harvard’s School of Public Health:

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Knitting update – cotton baby blanket

Levi's baby blanket

After a fair bit of time of not knitting, I’m finally picking it up again. This is a baby blanket I started…oh, I don’t know, about a year ago. Because I’m making this for people who probably won’t handwash this, it’s cotton and not wool.

Cotton, of course, is a completely different material than wool. The original pattern called for a seed stitch border, which I swapped out for a four-stitch cable, and the cotton border didn’t want to stay flat, despite the fact that I increased the stitch count by 10% right before the first row.

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PGP and other things

Yes, I have a 4095 bit key; no I have no clue how I managed that one. It’s a total wonder why people still think I’m competent at things.

Anyways, I now have PGP keys and use the blasted things. For a change, I’m mostly using a GUI interface, and it’s awesome. Check it out: Enigmail. It is, like, absurdly easy. Practically install-and-go.

(In absolutely unrelated, I love abusing hovertext, apparently.  Hover over things with dotted underlines for snark.)

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So unprepared

Sometimes I can be really bad at life. It’s -7 C outside and I’m wearing sneakers, a hoodie, and some sweatpants.

Taping over my sneakers to make them just a little warmer….

Tape blocks the wind a bit....

Tape blocks the wind a bit….